Gleason 8, PSA 5.2, cancerous cells in 6% of 1 of 14 biopsy samples. Prostate removed on March 13th (daVinci), nerve sparing on one side, total removal on the other due to location of the tumor. Home on March 14th. Little real pain, even immediately after the surgery. Stopped taking narcotics (as needed) 4 days after surgery (likely could have stopped earlier), and stopped taking Tylenol about 12 days after surgery. The most pain was when a cough or sneeze or laughter caught me by surprise. Make certain the nurse shows the the technique of clutching a pillow to your abdomen.
Strangest thing is the discomfort of gas movement as my bowels started again. I second the notion to be careful about what you eat so bowel movements don't result in straining. I used a small dose of stool softener to help out for about 3 weeks.
Catheter out in 1 week, but it took another week for soreness to heal. I wish I had started my Kegel exercises early. Doing them too hard leads to soreness, too.
I'm at 3 weeks after the surgery, still working in incontinence, but it is getting better. Using low Cialis dose, but no hints on getting past ED yet. Will have those discussions at my next follow-up.
Listen to your body in the first few weeks, and give yourself permission to take time to heal.View Thread